Even without a release date, we can all feel Wrath looming. Whether it's pouring over the new specs as soon as they become available, saving materials for future Death Knights, or leveling up an alt to send as a main character to Northrend, we're all prepping to take our adventures into Northrend. Many wonder how far their gear will carry them toward level 80.
Many players were frustrated that their hard-earned gear was quickly reduced to obsolescence in Burning Crusade, and fear that that will happen again. Manbearppig of Frostwolf wants to know if gearing up a character now will be a good way to spend time. Some point out that better gear earned now will translate into easier leveling in the future. In a similar thread, MVP Faizaniel of Dragonblight stated:
My scrubby non-purple gear is getting replaced pretty fast; high-end gear, not so much. While it's unlikely that you're keeping much from level 70 at level 80, it's really up to you whether the benefits of getting to use the nice gear now, and having it help you level more quickly once Wrath comes out, are worth earning the gear now.
Some people seem to be forgetting that WoW isn't strictly about gear, or even about the future. It's about having fun and enjoying the game now. The expansion has been in the works for quite some time, but it seems kind of strange to put things on hold in anticipation of the release. For all we knew when the Burning Crusade was released it could have been the end of World of Warcraft with nothing new in the future. The endgame would have truly been the endgame.
My plan between now and Wrath is to play Arenas with just my Shaman whenever possible and to work on my full set of classes. I have a Priest, Hunter, Paladin, and Druid at max level now. My Warrior is 43, Warlock 40, and Mage is 38, the Rogue is my last priority. I rather enjoy the leveling experience, and I think it will be great to have more choices when we see where the talents fall. With the exception of my Arena main, I'm not terribly concerned about gearing up, but it doesn't really bother me that her stuff will soon be replaced. I'm just playing the game.
What are you doing to gear up for the expansion?